100ml Corn Starch
100ml Baking Soda
12 drops of Antibacterial Essential Oil (tea tree, lavender, or eucalyptus)
12 drops of Antifungal Essential Oil (tea tree, peppermint, sandalwood, or eucalyptus)
2.5 tablespoons Vitamin E Oil, almond oil or Jojoba oil (or a mix of all 3)
3.5-4 tablespoons Coconut Oil (melted)
Mix everything up in a bowl until it forms a thick paste.
Transfer to your storage container and then allow 24 hours to ‘set’.
Ideally use a shallow, wide-mouthed jar (>200ml), applying the deodorant with fingertips. I use a wooden spatula to stir and take out a small blob each day to apply with my fingers.
In my own concoction, I use a mixture of Lavender oil, which is an antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, natural deodorant, and soother of skin-irritation, Eucalyptus oil, which is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and increases circulation, and tea-tree oil, which is antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, may be good for eczema and psoriasis.
You can select the essential oil combination according to the fragrance and effects you prefer. I don’t actually measure ‘drops’ since my oils have open spouts. I’m sure I put in more than in the original recipe, but it doesn’t really matter. If you add more oils and coconut oil it will be runnier/creamier, and if you have less, it will be more solid. Creamier is fine when you apply with finger tips, so be free with your measurements. They are just a guideline…
Recipe is based on Sayward's homemade deodorant recipe
.I adapted it to metric volumes and modified slightly according to how I have ended up making it after 4-5 times.
Smaller version (150ml jar) 50ml corn starch 50ml baking soda 6 drops essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus) 6 drops antifungal (tea tree) 20ml (2.4tbsp) vit E oil or almond oil 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted) Mix in glass jar. To apply, take out a blob with wooden icy pole stick, and apply with fingers.
Note: This deoderant is not so practical for taking with you in your bag for after sports, due to its creamy nature, but it's a great one to keep at home. You can purchase a commercial natural deoderant to use whilst travelling. OR, transfer some to a properly sealing jar so that the oils don't leak out in your bag (as has happened to me).